After a complete day and Night of rest,we got up early in the Morning at 7 O Clock.We took a bath,dressed up.Just after it, breakfast was ready,after taking a medium breakfast,we hold our backpacks & made our way towards "Ganga Choti". "Ganga Choti" means the 'peak of Ganga'. As due to name it should be a holy pilgrimage destination or have any religious attachment with Hinduism.But after a short search,I couldn't find any historic background of this peak as a holy place or worshiping spot in Hinduism. It is recommended,If you want to trek towards "Ganga Choti";you should have a complete know-how of trekking and hiking,should have complete gear of trekking and camping if you want to have a night stay there,should have stamina and will power because it is said that "Mountains have no heart. but if they have, it is a stone". Another caution is given that we should start our trekking early in the morning so that we can be back as soon as possible after having some moments at last summit. "Ganga Choti" is some 11000 feet high above sea level.One can't see its nudity from "Sudhan Gali" because it is a 10 kms long, zig-zaged and snacked trek which leads to the feet of "Ganga Choti". Another interesting feature of "Ganga Choti" is that,it have not any proper way or trek which leads us easily and calmly near "choti". One has to design its own way between the cruel cliffs,green pastureland and dense forests.Therefore any local person or guide should be with you in your Journey. Above are,all the things that we knew but after all we had not enough of everything except the devotion and will power to conquer the "Ganga Choti". Lack of gear ; two backpacks for three persons,having no guide,rainy season of September and no experience of trekking in this area before it.... This is a small description of we three.Only gadget which was abundant was our willpower.
Montag, 19. September 2011
It was Friday,when no day for departure was behind.I had to go to azad Kashmir at night with Mr.Tarazi and Mr.Yasir. From Faisalabad we picked bus and started our journey towards Islamabad,the Capital of Pakistan.We was traveling on Motorway.5hrs journey led us to Islamabad and without consuming any extra time,we picked another bus for Bagh City,Azad Kashmir.From Islamabad,we had to travel for more 5hrs to arrive at Bagh city. After leaving Islamabad,we found "Kahuta",a very sensitive city of Pakistan due to the Atomic Research Labs,where Pakistan's Nuclear weapons are said to be designed and researched by Dr.Abdul Qadeer Khan.Kahuta is situated at the boundary of Punjab province and Azad Kashmir.Foreigners can't use this route due to the sensitivity point of view. After crossing Kahuta city we entered in Azad KASHMIR by passing over a bridge at River Jhelum,which separates Azad Kashmir from Punjab.The name of that spot is "Dhalkot",which is 85 Kms away from Islamabad and a main entry point of Azad Kashmir.After Dhalkot road swiftly started to rise up,and this rise up didn't diminish till we arrived in our hotel room. There are many beautiful vistas on the way but I neglect them all because we should touch our destination quickly and no doubt our destination was above all those views and sights,we eyed on the way. After 5 Hrs exhausted journey from Islamabad,we were in Bagh City. Bagh means "Garden",it is an important and big city of Azad Kashmir,before 1988 it was the part of Ponch district Azad Kashmir.Now it is a modern city and a district head quarter ,with availability of almost every need of Life.2005 earthquake shacked it badly and more then 30,000 casualties were recorded here along with billions of financial loss. The very interesting matter of Bagh is its literacy rate,which is more the 65%,highest in Pakistan. Bagh is situated on the confluence of two mini-river streams namely "Malwani" and "Mahal",those flows all the Year.There are many tourist spots and attractions in neighboring valleys and Mountains but we singled out "Sudhan Gali" due to its calm,healthy and romantic climate,another thing ,Sudhan Gali is the base camp of "Ganga Choti peak". We hired a car for Sudhan Gali,which is some 26 Kms away from Bagh city at an height of 2134 meters above sea level,enroute Bir-Pani. Bagh was not cool or pleasant at all,but when our car started to climb Bir-Pani Road,weather changed dramatically and after doing just 10 Kms, temprature declined to 10-15 Centigrade atleast. Enjoying this healthy and pleasant climate ,we reached in "Sudhan Gali" after 1 hr onward journey from Bagh. Sleepiness,fatigue and tiredness was at climax,so we clinched the keys of hotel room and put baggage in room. (to be continued)
Tourism is my ambition,and Kashmir is my Dreamland. I visited Kashmir many times to quench my thrust of exploring "beauty" but everytime when I visited Kashmir ,the desire of "Kashmir" became stronger than before. In this summer,due to some social jobs and " RAMADAN Kareem" I couldn't slake my desire to jaunt in Jungles ,Mountains,valleys and lakes. The wish of tour was aching me. I was seeking the opportunity to pick my way towards "Himalayas" or "Karakorum". During Ramadan Kareem,I decided to leave the home for excursion towards Kashmir,on Eid ul Fitr. The next step was to find the partners and mates to step with me. That time Mr.Yasir Manzoor and Mr.Mubarak were best choices. I shared my idea with them and surprised to know about their will to be with me in upcoming Kashmir expedition. Finally I designed the tour quickly.Tour was not so much easy as I added all types of Tourist and adventurous activities in it. Kashmir is no doubt is a "only Paradise on Earth". So my Next words will be from Paradise.
Kashmir,a princely state divided in theree parts.It is ruled by Pakistan,India and China from last 64 years,in diferent styles.Pakistan-administrated side is declared a "free territory",Indian-adminstrated side is known as Jammu and Kashmir and China-administrated side is Akasai. Kashmir is the home of beauty and nature,not it but Beauty is the undressed only in Kashmir.Whole region has colors ,filled by nature.being a tourist and explorer these are my words,but Kashmir is a land where everyone thunderboltes at all, even Kings have said that "if there is any Paradise on Earth,then its Kaashmir,then its Kaashmir Surely". Being a nature lover and Explorer Kashimir is my ways from last 3 years.in these 3 years i made several visits to see the hidden beauty under Himalyas and Pir Panjals. Its my thrust of trevaling and tourism,which i am quenching in the valleys of Kashmir,but only in Pakistan-side.its my biggest dream to cross the LOC to see the nature in Indian side.When will it be true,i dont know. Pakistan-administrated Kashmir is know as "Azad Jammu & Kashmir" or AJK. AJK is divided in 8 districts namely Neelum,Muzzafarabad,Bagh,Ponch,Sudhanoti,Mirpur,Bhimbar & Kotli. With 13297 Sq.Kms total area, Muzaffarabad as Capital & Urdu official language,Kashmir is the Home of Himalaya,Pir Panjal & Ladakh where Springs feels disturt on their Colors,where Rivers can't see the nudity and runaway to depths,where Mountains kisses the skies, where springs and Streams sing the Songs of Love and Joy,where Beauty unclothes herself. These are the words which never desrcibe the Eyeful Kashmir. Many areas of AJK are restricted to "not be visited by Non-natives",thats Why the beauty of AJK is unexplored yet. I decided to explore the Kashmir 3 years before and from that time i never missed any chance to fascinatate myself by winsomeness of Kashmir. I have many stories of Kashmir, to be extracted from my Memories to Page but I will start with most recent Travel story and try to touch my 1st tread towards Kasmir. My most recent tour will be the "Tour of Bagh and Rawalakot",to be started on Sep. 09 , 2011 to Sep. 14, 2011 INSHALLAH. So friends wait for some days.I will be back with "a story of Paradise.".